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12-7-07 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 7, 2007


It’s here!! The OakBook Party!!! Tonight!!!

There’s lot’s of other cool stuff in the calendar too, but…


See you there.


Friday, Dec. 7


OakBook release party

Tonight’s the night folks!!! After months of planning and sweating, writing and editing, we’re pleased to announce that the first edition of OakBook, the new Novometro.com print magazine, is out! Look for it in your favorite bars, bookstores, shops and neighborhood spots over the next couple of days. It’s free! Pick it up! Enjoy it! And come out to night to celebrate at the release party!!

We’re taking over Esteban Sabar gallery for a night of music, dancing and fun times.
There’ll be wine generously provided by Lost Canyon Winery, holiday gifts and treats by Oakland Unwrapped and beats courtesy of DJ fflood. Come have a drink with your new best friends.

The OakBook Release Party

The Esteban Sabar Gallery
480 23rd Street

Oakland CA




Oakland Museum: Off the Wall

It’s a time for celebration and this weekend the Oakland Museum is celebrating the kick off of its new four year renovation project. Tonight’s circus themed event features performances by Velocity Circus and music by Candido Oye-Oba AfricanBeatz plus a soul food cooking demo with Tanya Holland, lecture and book signing with artist Rex Ray, gospel performances, yoga, and loads of holiday shopping.

Saturday’s focus on Access and Activism includes a tactile textile tour, a Krip-Hip-Hop

Black Blind and Blues CD workshop with Leroy Moore, spoken word by Avotcja, performances by Axis Dance Company and a panel discussion on Arts and Activism.

Sunday’s kid centered activities include crafts, face-painting, magic, music, dancing, drumming, storytelling, treasure hunts. For the adults there’s music by the Oakland Rainbow Jazz Quartet, Carne Cruda, and architecture tours beginning at 1pm.

Oakland Museum off the Wall

Various times through the weekend

Regular Museum Admission

Oakland Museum

1000 Oak Street

Oakland, CA 94607-4892


Saturday, Dec. 8


Eastside Cultural Center Holiday Sale

Holiday gifts for the community activists in your life? Get ‘em right here. Eastside’s annual holiday sale is the place for books, arts, media, clothes and accessories created by and for people concerned with the greater human condition and fed up with government BS. From Chomsky to Baraka, Tupac to Cesar Chavez, come stock up before getting a tour of the Eastside’s new building which includes a multiuse arts space, affordable housing units and a business incubator. Also check out the works from the recent 100 Families art exhibit.

Eastside Cultural Center Holiday Sale


12-4 p.m.

EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland CA 94606

King’s Gym Presents 2007 Boxing at its Best

For over 20 years Charles King has trained boxers in at his gym in East Oakland, including champions like Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward and three time world champion Gina “Boom Boom” Guidi. The gym at 843 35th Ave has become a neighborhood fixture and George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Pernell Whitaker, and Julio Chevez have all passed through. Even Bob Dylan made a stop to give the old heavy bag a workout. Today hopeful future champions will meet to find out who’s the best in the Bay. After the live fights, stick around for tonight’s Floyd Mayweather v Ricky Hatton bout, projected on a big screen.

2007 Boxing at its Best

2pm, weigh ins 9am-12pm, Doctor 12pm-1pm
Adults $20, students and King’s Gym Members $10, children 8yrs and under free
King’s Gym

843 35th Avenue


Sunday Dec. 9


National Novel Writing Month Party

There are some who say writing a novel takes awesome talent, strong language skills, academic training, and years of dedication.

Well the founders of National Novel Writing Month think all it really takes is a deadline and a whole lot of coffee. For the last month, 100,000 literary and non literary types from over 70 countries have been slumped over keyboards and legal pads furiously pounding out The Great Work. Or more likely, something kinda decent that can be heavily edited, rewritten and revised into The Great Work.

Come here the winners of the local NaNoWriMo at a special reading along with children’s book authors Daniel San Souci, Ruthanne Lum McCunn, Ji-Li Jiang, Mary Jo See, Deborah Davis and Nydia Nicholl. Kids are invited to show off their own writing, poetry and art by bringing a page of their creative work to be displayed in the store.

National Novel Writing Month Party



Black Oak Books

1491 Shattuck Avenue.

Berkeley, CA



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